October 15, 2008

Garfield, Odie and Jon Jump into Kidthing Kidthing and Paws Inc. Announce New Digital Games & Books Featuring the Finicky Feline

America's favorite fat cat Garfield is now at kidthing® (www.kidthing.com), the new browser and ad-free place for kids to play and learn on their computers.

Los Angeles, October 15, 2008 -- When he wants in, he wants in now!

America's favorite fat cat Garfield is now at kidthing® (www.kidthing.com), the new browser and ad-free place for kids to play and learn on their computers.

The finicky feline stars in six new digital learning games and books from Paws Inc. including: Garfield Scared Silly comic strip book, Garfield and Food pick 'n' paint coloring pages, Garfield and the Tiger narrated Page turner book (available in English and Spanish), What's Garfield Hiding? interactive game, Garfield Jokes & Riddles interactive activity book and Garfield Clicker Stickers™. The Garfield products are the latest addition to kidthing's growing library of digital books, games and videos from leading publishers. Garfield joins other popular and classic titles available on kidthing including selections from HarperCollins Children's Books, Dr.Seuss Enterprises, Penguin Young Readers Group, Wee Sing and many more.

In what lasagna-loving Garfield calls "the most fun you can have without marinara sauce," kidthing's digital media platform gives children ages three to 10 the freedom to play and learn on the computer without being exposed to the dangers of the Web. kidthing's free player is not a web browser so there's no worrying about kids going to inappropriate or unwanted websites or online worlds.

Garfield turned 30 this past summer, and today is the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world reaching over 230 million readers daily. In addition to his debut on kidthing, Garfield has starred in two feature-length films and now has a new animated 3D television series in the works.

"Knowing how picky Garfield is, we are ecstatic that he and Jim Davis chose kidthing for the new lineup of fun learning digital games and read-along books," said Larry Hitchcock, founder and CEO of kidthing. "Garfield likes to say that the only thing active about him is his imagination, and that's just fine with us. kidthing is happy to give Garfield a place to hang his hammock while kids have fun getting to know him and learning through these wonderful Paws products."    

According to Garfield creator Jim Davis, "Garfield is proud to be part of the kidthing experience. This is a fun, friendly, and safe environment for kids to explore and learn. But you don't have to tell the kids that - they'll just think they're having fun, and that's quite all right with Garfield."

kidthing is simple to use. Just go to kidthing.com. After downloading the free kidthing player, parents and teachers simply browse, preview and purchase rich digital content at the kidthing store, which automatically downloads and then can be played without being connected to the Internet. Products are available for as low as 99 cents and there are no subscription fees. The purchased content resides on the computer and, if downloaded to a laptop, is a convenient, portable entertainment and education option for kids and families on the go. kidthing runs on Windows XP or Vista and will be available for Mac at a future date.

About Paws, Inc.
Cartoonist Jim Davis' company, Paws, Inc., located near Albany, Indiana, was founded in 1981 to handle the creative end of the Garfield licensing business. Today, Paws is the sole owner of all copyrights and trademarks for the Garfield property, and controls not only the creative angle of the fat cat's flourishing empire, but also the licensing, marketing, and brand management of Garfield and the Garfield characters.

About kidthing
kidthing is the next generation Internet kids' place. kidthing's free, downloadable digital media player gives children, families and classrooms a safe environment to play, learn and have fun on the computer, away from ads and web browsers. Browse, preview, purchase and download rich digital content from the kidthing store. There are no subscription fees. Pay only for what you choose. kidthing features a diverse and growing library of games, activities, books and videos from leading publishers and media companies. kidthing is based in Los Angeles. You can visit kidthing at www.kidthing.com.

kidthing contact:
Karin Olsen / AMAZONpr / 310-497-0052 / karin@amazonpr.com